May
09
2012

#rsrh Popcorn watch: Obama to explain same-sex marriage views this afternoon.

(H/T: AoSHQ) Clear your schedules, folks: because there’s gonna be some tap-dancing today.

President Obama, who is under mounting pressure to clarify his thinking on same-sex marriage after top aides publicly embraced it in recent days, will sit down for an interview with ABC News on Wednesday during which he is likely to be pressed on his “evolving” views on the issue, according to people familiar with the matter.

The interview, to be conducted by Robin Roberts, an anchor on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and was secured in the wake of a declaration by Mr. Obama’s vice president, Joseph R. Biden, on Sunday that he was “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex marriages.

Well, let’s see.  What are Barack Obama’s options?

  1. I like same-sex marriage!  Translation: “North Carolina is out of the map.”
  2. I oppose same-sex marriage! Translation: “I’m worried about African-American voters more than I am gay ones.”
  3. Obfuscate! Translation: “HELLLLLP MEEEEEEE…”

Yeah, I’m really torn up about how much of a problem Barack Obama is having with this right now…

Moe Lane

14 Comments

  • BigGator5 says:

    I’m going to listen to Rush instead. I think it is a better use of my time.
    _
    Also, it takes 32 states to amend the constitution. North Carolina makes it 30…

  • earlgrey says:

    I am guessing that he goes ahead and tries to support gay marriage and assumes that he’ll get the african american vote anyway.

  • Spegen says:

    Betting on some version of dog whistle that basically says that he will come out in favor after the election right before he hands eastern europe to Putin in a conference in Yalta.

  • Randy says:

    It takes 38 states to amend the Constitution.

    The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States or by Conventions in three fourths thereof,…

    It takes 2/3rds of the U.S. Senate or State Legislatures to propose the Amendment, but 3/4ths of the states must ratify it. 3/4ths of 50 is 37.5

  • BigGator5 says:

    @Randy: *facepalm* Yeah, I knew that! I did! My bad.

  • NotSoBlueStater says:

    If he comes out and admits his evolution is complete, good on him — especially since it appears to be bad politics.

  • BCochran1981 says:

    He’ll never come out and say “I support gay marriage.” He only unequivocally supports things that he thinks he’s got overwhelming support on. And that came back to bite him most noticeably on Obamacare. I seriously doubt you’ll see him take a firm stand on any issue from now through November.

  • MikeM says:

    Not surprisingly, he punted. In this case and as far as I can tell this case only, this is a States Rights issue.

    “The president stressed that this is a personal position, and that he still supports the concept of states deciding the issue on their own. But he said he’s confident that more Americans will grow comfortable with gays and lesbians getting married, citing his own daughters’ comfort with the concept.”

    So what he said is I support it but I’m not going to do anything about it.

  • lourae says:

    MikeM–indeed. Nothing politically courageous about it at all. Floated a few trial balloons (Savage, Biden, etc.) and figured little fallout. And he may be right. By the Left’s own definition, Obama is saying, “Discrimination is ok, as long as I personally don’t care for it.”

  • lourae says:

    Funny how a little ridicule motivates this president. Maybe if we could get the WH press corps to laugh at Carney about the economy, Obama might do something about it.

  • NotSoBlueStater says:

    My second thought here is that the Obama team war room has a “Distraction of the Week” planned every week ’til the election, so that Republicans have to continually go back to the oh so lame sounding (even if totally valid): “Right now, Americans of all backgrounds desperately need jobs, and that is what Senator Brown is focused on.” Feels like your trying to change the subject from something you don’t care to talk about.

  • PubliusNV says:

    Reported today – one out of six of his big money donors are gay, and he’s headed to a $12 million fundraiser in Hollywood tomorrow. Follow the money, like he does.

  • von says:

    Moe, I think this is one to support Obama on. Good is good.

    With respect,

    von

    • Moe_Lane says:

      Support what? Based on his track record the best I can hope for is Obama following the Dick Cheney playbook, only incompetently.

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